Faculty awards for the September 2022 WWAMI Faculty Newsletter

Here is where we list the names of UWSOM faculty who have received awards. The listing comes from our bimonthly Faculty Newsletter. If you know of someone who should be acknowledged, please let us know at uwsomcom@uw.edu.

Peter Asante, M.D., receives national honors for his work as a pediatrician

The Washington Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics has congratulated Yakima pediatrician Peter Asante, M.D., for winning the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Council on Community Pediatrics “Local Hero” award. He is one of five pediatricians in the United States to earn this national recognition.

The Local Hero Award recognizes pediatricians who lead community action and advocacy for children in local communities.

Dr. Asante is director of the UWSOM Black Health Justice Pathway and a clinical assistant professor of pediatrics at the UWSOM.

Dr. Asante was nominated for the Local Hero award by his colleague at Yakima Pediatrics, Roy Simms, M.D., who wrote: “In my 40 years of practice here in Yakima, I can think of no other physician who has impacted the health of children in our community more than Peter. He is determined to reduce the disparities in health care for children. Peter was blessed with great talent and intellect. He sought the best possible preparation for his work. His ideas come from an understanding of inequity and he sees his ideas to completion.”

Learn more about what Dr. Asante has done for the community here on the WCAAP website.

WWAMI students honor Billings, Montana, doctors

WWAMI students have honored physicians who help train them in Montana. For more about these honors, see this article in the Billings Gazette. Among those honored:

  • Amy Solomon, M.D., left, a family physician and addiction medicine specialist who is on the faculty of the Montana Family Residency was honored as Third Year Family Medicine Preceptor. 
  • Ali Kerro, M.D.,  middle, who worked at St. Vincent HealthCare Neuroscience Center, was honored as Fourth Year Neurology Preceptor.
  • Garth Brand, M.D., right, director of the residency, was thanked for his commitment to Eastern Washington AHEC and WWAMI students. 

Serena Brewer, D.O., honored as Physician of the Year in Montana

The Montana Academy of Family Physicians has honored Butte TRUST/WRITE Director Serena Brewer, D.O. , as Physician of the Year for 2022. She has been an integral member of the medical staff at Southwest Montana Community Health Center since 2008 when she came to Montana to fulfill her National Health Service Corp Scholarship agreement. Her dedication to the community includes being an active voice on the St. James Medical Staff, and she serves on many boards, including the St. James Foundation and the YMCA.

Her practice is full time patient care and teaching. She provides family medicine with a special emphasis on adolescent health and has the largest adolescent practice in the Butte community.

In issuing the award, the academy wrote, “Dr. Brewer’s true calling is as a teacher, and she is dedicated to providing limitless teaching hours to the students that have chosen medicine as a future. She has developed a network of preceptors in Butte to provide students with a longitudinal and diverse experience when they attend clinical rotations from WWAMI. Dr. Brewer loves taking care of families, and she embodies the legacy of Family Medicine in the Butte community and works tirelessly to ensure its future.”

You can read more about MAFP and Dr. Brewer here

Idaho Business Review honors WWAMI faculty among Women of the Year

The Idaho Business Review named two WWAMI faculty among its 50 Women of the Year honorees: Ann Lima, M.D., M.P.H., and Lynda Freeman, D.H.Sc., M.P.H., M.B.A. Freeman, right,  is a Clinical Associate Professor and Academic Skills Specialist at Idaho WWAMI, where she uses her specialization in public health to design and implement courses for medical students’ professional and personal development.

Dr. Lima is a broad spectrum rural family medicine physician at Clearwater Valley Health in Orofino, Idaho, where she also precepts and helps conduct research for Idaho WWAMI students and faculty.

Read more about the awards here